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link post

Our assignment today is to write a link post. I, again, am having a hard time trying to figure out how to start this. Do I want to do an informational post? Or a narrative? Gosh, I really do need to focus and create that elevator pitch.

I’ve read through the others on the grid to get ideas, and I was inspired by this post about a history through the books read while growing up to do something similar. After reviewing my 10 ideas post, I decided to focus in on my history told through dance, since that’s a pretty major part of my life.

When I was four, I started hula. That continued all the way until I was pregnant, some twenty-five years later, and then I dropped out. I never went back, but I long to. Many of my happy memories are tied to hula, especially the tight bond you form with hula sisters, which becomes even stronger in times of competitions.

Through elementary, every summer I would be involved in the bon dances. I would dress up in my little outfits, and follow my aunties around, copying their movements. I asked my mom for lessons after seeing a girl not that much older than me dance so gracefully around the yagura. However, we couldn’t find any classes.

Once MTV came onto the scene (back when they played music videos), my sisters and I would copy their dance moves all the time. Especially in the late ’80s, when Janet Jackson and Paula Abdul were popular, and known for their dancing. This led me to take various hip-hop dancing classes. That was always so much fun.

In high school, in addition to my hula and hip-hop classes, I also took jazzercise, which I was first introduced to when it was offered as an option for P.E. Who knew I could exercise and dance at the same time? I think this is why I absolutely love Zumba! right now. It lets me dance and lose weight! Yay!

One thing I never got to try, though I really wanted to, was to learn ballroom dancing. I really liked Dancing With the Stars, and that led me to want to learn ballroom dancing, both the fancy kind where your head is tilted at weird angles, to the spicy Latin numbers. That’s just me wanting to be sexy. heehee! But I never got up the courage to join a class. I fear I am not as limber as I once was.

Looking through all that, one can see how much dance (and music) was a part of my life, so when people see me sashay across the floor while doing my laundry or twirl around down the aisles of a store, they do not even bat an eye. 😛

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10 post ideas

whoa. I accidently typed ’50 post ideas’ at first for the title. eesh! That would’ve made this extra difficult! I have a hard time enough just thinking up ONE idea, but 50? Ack!

Anyway, today’s assignment is to think up 10 post ideas, which will be very useful to me. There are days where I totally feel like writing, so I go ahead and pull up the “New Post” screen, and then sit there for a long time, because I just don’t know what to write. This is the reason why I rarely publish anything on this journal. I’ve been told, “Well, then, just write *that*–that you don’t know what to post.” And, funnily enough, it’s what I tell my kids when they complain to me that they don’t know what to write. However, I don’t hold myself to the same standards that I do them. 😛 So, anyway, this should be useful. I will do my map (which, again, I make my kids do, but I don’t do myself) and see if the torture I put them through really works, I mean, see what comes forth (yes, I would not do well in my own class!).

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Okay, I admit, that was fun, because I’m the type of person that likes–NEEDS–connections, and seeing how things connect like that is good for me, and also, I’m a bit of a nerd who likes stuff like that. So here is my list.

  1. school/work. I guess that’s the most obvious. I have a LOT to write about with that, but I don’t always like to do that because it brings up memories that I’d rather forget, and I don’t want it to be read accidentally, one day. 😳
  2. love for learning. I could totally be a lifelong student, just taking classes here and there and learning new things–maybe why I love the internet so much. All the information that’s out there that one can access is exciting to me.
  3. music. I can’t do without music, so whether it’s my favorite songs to the instruments that I played, or want to learn to play, it’s an important part of my life.
  4. dance. I guess it’s kind of related. But I’ve been in some sort of dance class since I was 4, so it’s also a big part of my life. There’s a lot I could write about the competitions I’ve been in, which is something I haven’t really touched upon in my journal yet.
  5. office supplies. I’m a nerd who loves office supplies. sigh. I could do reviews on the different ones, or even a compare-type thing between brands or types. Ugh, I’m such a nerd.
  6. crafts. I love doing crafts, although I never finish them. 😳 But it’s something I like doing, and maybe it will motivate me to finish something so I can do a DIY or something.
  7. ocean. I studied marine biology in high school and college so I have an unreasonable amount of information in my brain about marine life, to the point that I bore other people with the facts I know about the different kinds of fish out on the reef. I could spread some of that out on here. hee!
  8. beach. Yes, that’s related, but I am realizing I won’t have enough to make 10! haha! Anyway, I didn’t spend a whole lot of time at the beach as a kid, because my dad hated the beach, and he was the driver, so yeah. But when I got to college, that’s where you’d find me during most of my free time. And there’s a lot of stories to tell for that. 🙂
  9. family. I actually did a whole month of family for nablopomo, but I realize it wasn’t interesting. I guess I have to delve more into the stories, the little anecdotes that make me laugh or wistful.
  10. relationships. I don’t know that they’re very interesting as there seems to be a very noticeable pattern in them that I am blind to at first. But that’s another area that I haven’t really written about, so I guess it’s another to explore. Maybe I’ll learn to break the pattern. 😉

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list post

Okay, day 2’s assignment is a list post. I did a whole month of those, and that was so hard–I’m way too wordy and way too rambly for lists. But I told myself I’ll try everything no matter how uncomfortable it is. That’s the only way we get better, right? 🙂

Reasons to NOT clean the house

  • it is fun to step over items in the path–your very own obstacle course!
  • it takes skill to build up a pile without having it fall over.
  • you won’t have to entertain many visitors.
  • your memories and things of significance are all around you within reach.
  • your animals are more able to be caught when they escape, as they navigate around things.
  • there’s a definite artistic element to delicately placed items in the heaps of things all over the place.
  • hone your scavenger skill by having to search for things.
  • you can spare yourself injury from moving things around.
  • this disorganization keeps your always-categorizing mind working hard!
  • you have more time to do other, more important things, like read.
  • you don’t feel so alone as you would in a cleared, empty, uncluttered place.
  • you can be on a tv show!

🙂

just trying to make myself feel better, since I *did* injure myself rearranging stuff around. *sigh*

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elevator pitch

The assignment for today in the 31dbbb challenge is to write an elevator pitch.

This is really difficult for me. I’m not one to try and pitch anything I’m involved in, so to think of one for a place that I really need to improve in is driving me nuts. I’ve been lying here (back problems), staring at this blank screen, for the past 3 hours. Absolutely nothing springs forth from my mind, which is what this whole journal is supposed to be about, anyway! Thoughts that spring up from time to time! Actually, ulu wale has more of a wild sense to it, like how weeds just sprout up every which way. But my thoughts don’t seem to want to sprout that much any more. 😛

So, I’m going to look back at my About page, as that is a sort of elevator pitch, I guess?

ulu wale nā manaʻo me he pua lā

whether a meme or an idea from another’s log or just wanting to vent frustrations, a seed is planted and from that grows a single flower which blossoms into the stories here.

See, this kinda matched more with the first theme I had, which had a picture of a single flower reaching up toward the sun. Then I imported my stuff to WordPress and couldn’t find a matching blog theme. So maybe it is a time for change. Or I could move to blogspot and find a cuter theme 😛

Anyway, that’s the meaning behind my title, how it just seems to start with one thought and then all this other stuffs come forth. However, I’m not as “free” in my writing–I will write, but then I’ll quickly mark it private or just save it as a draft. I don’t feel comfortable publishing if I don’t think it’s “quality” (which is a definition I struggle with), or something *worth* reading. Not that I think what I have already published is “quality” (I actually don’t), but sometimes I just have to publish something, I feel. So what I do choose to publish is heavily edited, which again, goes against the intent of this journal, which is to just go forth with whatever is in my head at the time.

And I’m just going in circles, here. But, I admit, that’s me, always going around in circles. Hmm, maybe I need a more circular theme.

Anyway, I’m having problems thinking of something to write, so maybe I’ll just have to publish this and just keep thinking about it. Hopefully something will come to me tomorrow. 🙂 But any thoughts or suggestions are welcome! 🙂

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